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Tobacco regulations improve the health of pregnant women & babies

Between 2005 and 2012, Uruguay instituted a set of strong tobacco control policies. By 2012, the government had banned nearly all advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, prohibited smoking in all indoor enclosed public places and workplaces, mandated rotating graphic warning labels covering 80 percent of the front and back of packs, allowed only one cigarette pack presentation per brand, and required healthcare providers to treat nicotine dependence.  In addition, the government moderately raised tobacco taxes.  These measures resulted in substantial declines in nationwide smoking rates.

Click here for the new study released by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research on Uruguay’s national tobacco control policies that led to a substantial increase in the likelihood that a pregnant smoker would quit by her third trimester and improved the health of newborns>

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